Friday, March 16, 2018

SDGOP schism coming to a head in Rapid City

Principled conservatives are fighting back against the South Dakota Republican Party insiders in Rapid City.

Republican Mayor Steve Allender, who as police chief managed a "bunch of racists," is facing tremendous resistance for another building boondoggle.
Over the past two weeks, volunteers and members of Citizens for Liberty, a local tea party organization, have been busily collecting signatures to ensure that on June 5, Rapid Citians can decide whether the city should build a new 12,000- to 13,000-seat, $130 million arena or renovate the existing 10,000-seat Barnett Arena for about $25 million. The reason for the referral, Citizens for Liberty leader Tonchi Weaver said last week, is to give Rapid Citians the final say on how their tax dollars are spent.
Read the rest here.

Weaver is an activist who led a petition drive in opposition to increased sewer and water rates. She and her group have the resources, support and political courage to mount third party and unaffiliated runs for statewide office.

Pierre is broken and the only way to fix it is to have Republicans lose several races to Democrats. Fact is: the best way to a strong two party system in South Dakota is for arch-conservatives to launch an alt-right party. South Dakota's most ardent earth haters are still looking for principled conservatives to run in statewide elections.
Independent candidates are automatically put on the General Election ballot and do not have a Primary Election.The deadline to submit an independent candidate nominating petition for the November general election is April 24, 2018 and governor candidates must circulate petitions and collect at least 2,775 valid signatures.
Get more information here.

Tonchi Weaver, Liz May, Steve Livermont, Tim Begalka, Shad Olson, Florence Thompson, Stace Nelson, Gordon Howie, Neal Tapio, Steve Novotny and Scott Jones could be among those candidates.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Apeshit: South Dakota legislature a bunch of greedy cocksuckers

I began playing in Jerry Apeshit Apa's illegal poker games in the basement of the Bodega in Deadwood somewhere around 1985.

It was a seminal time. The late Mike O'Connell was a founding father of legal gambling in the Gulch and every time Apa would go on tilt in a poker game Mike would shout, "he's gone apeshit!" The name stuck.

Apa has split with the Republican establishment again blasting legislative pay raises in Pierre.
The Legislature voted to give the legislators a pay raise effective Jan 1, 2019. The raise has been calculated to be $11,800; thereby costing the taxpayer approximately $650,000. One of the more specious arguments for the pay raise is it will enhance the opportunity for more people to serve. But I ask you how many employers will be able to lose an hourly employee for the better part of two and one half months and how many people working on commission can forego their commission and contacts for that amount of time?

How many citizens in South Dakota know, in addition to their salary, legislators receive per diem of $144 per day tax free. In a 40-day session that amounts to $5,560. In addition, they receive 42 cents per mile for each round trip from their home to Pierre except for the first and last trips.

I thank the 22 legislators that voted “no” and to the 83 who voted “yes” I ask, have you no shame? This bill is not about need it is about greed. If the legislators truly thought they deserved a pay raise it should be on the ballot and the case made to the hard-working, taxpaying citizens of South Dakota.

Jerry Apa

Lead is where if two people get divorced they're still father and daughter.

Unfortunately (or not), Lead doesn't have a pot to piss in because the bulk of its taxpayers are lining up with their walkers or lying on gurneys awaiting their turns for the various cemeteries splattered throughout town.

The residents are obese, white retirees from somewhere else who fled cultural diversity in their own states are taking advantage of South Dakota's regressive tax structure and are now returning in their RVs after the strings below-zero days.

Too many Lead residents are local high school dropouts who married their sisters, are strung out on meth somewhere and are only paying taxes through video lootery, Mickey's malt liquor, cigarettes and fuel.

A former legislator and Lead mayor, a lifelong earth hater and member of the Church of the Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers, Apa's scathing indictment of South Dakota Republican Party leadership and its ownership of SD Game Fish and Plunder helped kill a state land grab in Spearditch Canyon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Guest post: discussing the Walkout with Mr. Talley

The Pine Needle talked with Principal Michael Talley about students’ participation in the National School Walkout as well as how the school is keeping students safe.

By Claire Kurtz

In lieu of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida leading a National School Walkout on March 14th to protest current gun laws, I sat down to talk with our principal, Michael Talley, about students at Central participating.

He told me he’s working with various students to organize a safe experience: “I don’t want students walking out in traffic so I’m working with different students to have a sit-in type of event. We could meet in the auditorium or the gym and students could get up and talk about the gun violence and voice their opinion.” He’s completely supportive and wants kids to get involved, though he does want it to be the students’ movement.

We also talked about the the A.L.I.C.E. training that schools are implementing in their classes. Teachers are training their students to prepare for a shooter: leave the class if the shooter is in the opposite side of the building, barricade the door if he/she is close, and if the shooter manages to break in, grab backpacks, grab chairs, books, computers and hurl them his/her way. The number one rule is don’t do nothing. Your lives are in your hands.

I told Talley that no matter how much we prepare, no one knows how they would react until they’re in that moment. The sheriff deputy during the Florida shooting stayed outside, did not go into the school. If cops with the most training can’t take down an active shooter, how can you ask kids to do that? He reassured me, “Even if you’re not comfortable, I’m sure the majority of the male students in your class will take action and make sure the job gets done.” I also asked him how he felt about arming teachers and he told me that he “could think of more cons than pros. Teachers are here to teach and it’s not their job. We have two armed liaison officers who can report to the scene in seconds.”

The surviving students Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are leading a second National School Walkout on April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.

Related stories: kurtz woman will join school gun safety walkout and Rapid City Journal editorial: South Dakota's GOP congressional delegation "get small" on gun safety

Earth haters move to block monument name change

With the Oglala Lakota Nation as an interested party Chief Arvol Looking Horse submitted a request to the US Board on Geographic Names saying the words “Devils Tower” are a malapropism.

The tower, part of the Black Hills Land Claim, is the remnant of an intrusive laccolith and has been called Mahto Tipila or Bear Lodge for centuries by the Lakota; but, earth hating Republicans are trying to end indigenous rights.
Tribes and their advocates believe the "Devils Tower" moniker disrespects the sacred nature of the iconic site in Wyoming. But efforts to change the name have never gained significant ground due to a policy at the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, or BGN, a federal body. But Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona), the top Democrat on the committee, said tribal views about the name should be respected. He pointed out that no hearing has ever taken place on H.R.410. "I think we can all agree we would not want the word 'devil' tacked on to our places of worship," Grijalva said at the markup.
Read the rest here.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says that if Confederate monuments are taken down, there’s no telling how far America might go —Native Americans could call for the removal of statues commemorating leaders who orchestrated violence against their ancestors. [Huffington Post]
In the occupied Black Hills of South Dakota descendants of European colonizers were apoplectic over the proposal to restore the state's highest point to its Lakota name, Hinhan Kaga or A Making of Owls but Black Elk Peak won the battle.

The South Dakota Board of Geographic Names spent more of their time on renaming the Squaw Humper Dam than on the proposal to change the name of a local jurisdiction to Oglala Lakota County.

Now, another tribal nation trapped in South Dakota wants to remove a wasicu's name from another county.
State Representative Shawn Bordeaux has begun a petition to change the name of Todd County to Sicangu Oyate County. Needing only 708 signatures at the time of the writing of this article, Representative Bordeaux hopes to use the county name change to educate both Natives and non-Natives in the state as to the history of the original naming of Todd County. Todd County was named after John Blair Smith Todd, a relative to President Abraham Lincoln, and a delegate in Dakota Territory to the U.S. House of Representatives and a general in the Union Army. According to Bordeaux, Todd was present at the Battle of Ash Hollow (Harney Massacre) near present day Garden County, Neb.
Read the rest here.

The Legion Lake Fire reminded America that Custer State Park is named for a war criminal. During the Battle of Greasy Grass George Custer attacked the encampment where the elderly, women and children were hidden and during the Washita Massacre he held a similar contingent as hostages and human shields.

Senator Lisa Murkowski and the US Park Service are doing what Alaskans are asking of Congress urging the body to approve a name change for North America's highest peak to Denali, an Athabascan name meaning “the high one.”

After successes by tribal nations renaming geographical features in Alaska and South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park could see at least two name changes. Hayden Valley memorializes Ferdinand V. Hayden who advocated for “extermination” of tribal people and Mount Doane is named for Lieutenant Gustavus Doane who led a massacre of the Piikani, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. According to US Geological Survey officials the Board on Geographic Names has received no official proposal to change the names to Buffalo Nations Valley and First Peoples Mountain.

At least 23 archaeological sites near Devils Tower National Monument, some of which are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, are at risk to a proposed 8000-acre expansion of Australia’s largest U.S. aquifer uranium mining operation and to Rare Element Resources.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

North Dakota's cannabis plan creeping forward

South Dakota's more forward-looking neighbor to the north is already growing interest in cannabis as therapy.

North Dakota voters passed Measure 5 in 2016 and last year the legislature drafted rules then a Republican governor signed it into law.
The Health Department expects to announce an application period for medical marijuana manufacturers by the end of the week, said Jason Wahl, director of the Health Department’s Medical Marijuana Division. That will be followed by application periods for dispensaries, patients and caregivers. Wahl said North Dakota also is working to devise a system that will pass any federal government scrutiny.
Read the rest here.

In South Dakota, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs’ office is moving through a cannabis ballot petition process at a stoner's pace.

Even the South Dakota State Medical Association contends that although "marijuana and dronabinol decreased pain" the fact that it is illegal makes it less effective as a therapy.
Although there are different schools of thought concerning the efficacy of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions and concerning whether its possession and use ought to be decriminalized altogether, the fact remains that it is a violation of federal law and South Dakota law to possess or distribute it for any purpose.
Read that here.

South Dakota is among the worst states for opioid abuse.

Meth use is a symptom of South Dakota's statewide hopelessness as the state's residents stare down another punishing, relentless, and unforgiving winter.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Rounds: South Dakota should be a chemical toilet, sacrifice zone

Senator Mike Rounds (earth hater-SD) is not only freaking out the US Army Corps of Engineers are punishing him for his lawsuit blaming the military for 2011 flooding he's telling voters it's okay that South Dakota is a dumping ground for the ag and livestock industries.

Yes, he's calling out "activist interest groups" er, an "environmental activist group" for the court ruling upholding the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
In 1980, CERCLA was established to manage hazardous waste and respond to environmental emergencies and natural disasters. It was meant to be used to clean up land that was identified by the EPA as hazardous or contaminated, and make sure that local communities are able to safely manage hazardous waste. Animal waste contains ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, which are both considered hazardous substances under CERCLA, so in 2008, the EPA amended the rule to exempt animal waste at agricultural operations from CERCLA reporting requirements.
Read the rest here.

Since Rounds doesn't have the language skills to tell constituents how he really feels the staffer writing the column appearing in the Pierre Capital Journal is telling readers South Dakota is the perfect place to dump manure and pollute the environment.

How the National Milk Producers Federation, South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association aren't activist interest groups remains a mystery.

Does anyone remember the "surplus water" ruse? That's right: suing the corps over surplus water forces We the People to pay for the clean up of a century of mine tailings and organic effluent that have saturated the banks of the Belle Fourche/Cheyenne River system depositing many tons of toxic silt into Lake Oahe and the other downstream dams after 1962 now displacing many acre-feet of water. More silt means less hydropower.

South Dakota's history of ecocide and non-point source pollution is under the 319 federal program microscope.

The Big Sioux River is most at risk from animal feeding operations and overland sediment transport; but, nearly every waterway in the red moocher state is a toxic waste dump.

$1.1 million in federal funds will focus on Moody County where total remediation costs could soar to $12.2 million. South Central sponsors sought $1.3 million in federal and state funds to clean up Lewis and Clark Lake, Lake Andes, Geddes, Academy, Platte Lake watersheds, impaired parts of the Lower James River tributaries, and impaired stretches in the Vermillion River watershed.

As Wyoming threatens the upper Belle Fourche watershed the South Dakota portion will be part of an effort to expunge livestock waste. Sponsors asked for $250,000 from the feds and got it. It should be noted one of the most polluted reaches of the Belle Fourche goes right through Marty Jackley's boyhood ranch.
Congress enacted Section 319 of the Clean Water Act in 1987, establishing a national program to control nonpoint sources of water pollution. Through Section 319, the EPA provides states, territories, and tribes with guidance and grant funding to implement their nonpoint source programs and to support local watershed projects to improve water quality.
Most of the cleanup activity comes as South Dakota's earth hater congressional delegation await the repeal of the Clean Water Act.

Read more about the US Environmental Protection Agency's 319 Grant Program for States, Territories and Tribes here.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Libertarian Party candidate unknown to Bob Newland

Why, yes: there is a Libertarian running for governor of South Dakota.
It's not me committing Civil Treason against the People of South Dakota... That would be Marty Jackley, Kristi Noem, and Billie Sutton. I am a Father, a United States Marine, College Educated, and I am the only one in this race that hasn't violated the Constitution, nor sold out the People of South Dakota. So let these criminals say whatever they are going to say. Their time of getting away with Treason is going to come to an end one way or another, and I look forward to hopefully being the Man for the Job of bringing this to the People. [CJ Abernathey, quote from Facebook]
The catch? Libertarian Party of South Dakota Founding Father Bob Newland has never heard of CJ Abernathey.

The Republicans will paint Abernathey as a lunatic pot head regardless of his choices and will sink Sutton at any cost.

Kristi Noem can't win. She should just quit her doomed campaign, bank her cash and move on to her next gig as a Washington lobbyist or Fox News talking head so she can pay off all of the taxes the government socked her with when her father died.

The more The Dakota Progressive condemns Abernathey the more attractive he will become to Marty Jackley's voters but the harder Cory Heidelberger at Dakota "Free" Press tackles him the more it makes his campaign less attractive to Billie Sutton's voters. If TDP supports him Sutton loses for sure.

Abernathey quotes Dakota "Free" Press quite often at his Facebook page but said he has never heard of Heidelberger.

Fact is: Abernathey can serve South Dakota more effectively if he files for the statehouse as a Libertarian candidate. Abernathey said he has filed with the secretary of state's office and expects to be nominated.

Readers should also be aware TDP is recruiting principled conservatives into statewide races as third party and unaffiliated candidates to siphon votes from Republicans. It is unknown at post time whether Newell sovereign citizen Wendal Hiland or Winner resident Steve Novotny have filed.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Powder River Training Complex is not what officials say it is

The Dakota Progressive pressed teevee meteorologist Andrew Shipotofsky to investigate Ellsworth's involvement in geoengineering.

In the name of geoengineering or albedo modification the Air Force routinely sprays an aerosol cocktail of silver iodide, lead iodide, aluminum oxide, barium, frozen carbon dioxide, common salt, water and soot from burning hazardous waste in pits at US Air Force bases including those at Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City, South Dakota into the atmosphere over the ocean and above parts of at least four states.

Ellsworth AFB is home to a Superfund site so are Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Minot AFB, North Dakota and FE Warren AFB, Wyoming. All participate during the so-called "Combat Raider" deployments.

Included in the war games are sprayers that disperse chemicals formulated to reduce the effects of climate warming. Chemtrails have been observed by the public and by general aviation pilots in the expanded practice bombing range.

General aviation, private pilots, climate watchers, even some Republican landowners and ranchers are concerned the exercises could exacerbate drought conditions that persist in a region where dried grasses are causing early Spring fire danger.

As South Dakota's senior US Senator chortles over the Trump Organization's plan to spend at least $500,000,000 on each new B-21 bomber and nearly three quarters of a $TRILLION on a proposed Defense Department budget instead of really making America great again.

US Air Force officials are in the process of scheduling another round of aerial exercises over the Powder River Training Complex.

Freakouts over escaped burns unhelpful

Just a hundred and fifty years ago bison would be clearing the grasses driving an ever-earlier Spring wildfire season.

Escaped burns near Rockerville and Piedmont sent South Dakota fire managers scrambling last week for outbreaks there. At post time the Chimney Canyon Fire is still burning in the 2005 Ricco Fire zone but is 100% contained.

After a century of fire suppression, a decades-long moratorium on prescribed burns, a lack of environmental litigators and GOP retrenchment the Black Hills National Forest and surrounding grasslands remain at risk to more blazes like the Legion Lake Fire. But according to one wildfire boss it's far cheaper to fight wildfires than to burn prescriptively.

Volunteer fire departments are irreplaceable as first responders to unexpected blazes and if the Federal Emergency Management Agency survives a Trump presidency it should convince Congress to make sure the resources are there to sustain rural fire departments.
In South Dakota, 92 percent of fire protection is accomplished by volunteers. Many of the volunteer departments surrounding Rapid City broke records in call volume, including Rapid Valley, Rockerville, Box Elder, Hill City, and Black Hawk. Box Elder saw an increase of 3 percent over 2016, while Rockerville saw an increase of 40 percent.
Read more here.

South Dakota's failure to sufficiently clear decades of overgrowth and understory led to the Legion Lake Fire.

More diversity means clearing the second growth ponderosa pine, restoring aspen habitat, prescribing burns, beginning extensive Pleistocene rewilding using bison and cervids, engaging tribes, buying out ranchers, leasing private land for wildlife corridors, turning feral horses from Bureau of Land Management pastures onto other public land to control exotic grasses and electing Democrats to lead the way.

South Dakota is a perpetual welfare state and a permanent disaster area, after all. Wildland fire conditions are already returning to South Dakota, most notably in southern Pennington County and at the mouth of the Big Sioux River. Harding County is shaping up to add to the wildfire season in South Dakota any day now.

The fire danger index is in the high category at all reporting stations in the Black Hills.

New poll: which South Dakota Democrat has the best chance to win statewide office?

In 2015, despite my protestations, President Barack Obama nominated Democrat Randy Seiler as US Attorney for the District of South Dakota.
Seiler doesn’t seem concerned about the apparent uphill fight he might have as a Democrat seeking election in November to the attorney general’s office. “I’m not a politician,” he said Thursday. As other statewide offices, the nominees for the ballot for attorney general are chosen by the party conventions this summer.
Read the rest here.

Dark horse Seiler lives in Fort Pierre so he’s been doused in SDGOP kool-aid.

As US Attorney Seiler has done precious little to stem the exploitation of minor girls at the compound near Pringle where members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) are holed up. It's expected the population will continue to increase there as sect followers leave a Utah polygamous town after electing its first non-FLDS mayor.

It's the view of The Dakota Progressive that since the earth haters will nominate extremist nutcase and FLDS dupe, Lance Russell as their candidate, Seiler has a better chance of winning statewide office than any other announced Democrat.

Your thoughts? Vote in the blog sidebar!

Friday, March 9, 2018

South Dakota railroads are suffering from Rounds' choices

Yep, nothing ever happens in South Dakota without federal money.
Jerry Vest with Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad, says some rural communities could be in trouble if Congress doesn’t come through. “The real problem is we can’t improve the railroads fast enough to serve our customers the best we can,” said Vest. They are turning to their Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) to help them out. The tax credit being in the hands of a preoccupied Congress means it could get lost in the shuffle.
Read the rest here.

The railroad is apparently fed up trying to move product at ten miles an hour between Wall and Fort Pierre where Cretaceous shale buckles track bed every year. Last year crews welding and grinding on RCPE track caused the 291 acre Dry Creek Fire near Fairburn.

Recall TEApublican former governor Mike Rounds squandered Amtrak money on an airplane for his personal use. In 1997 the red moocher state received $23 million from taxpayers for going without Amtrak service.

Pierre continues to suffer Essential Air Service woes and low boarding numbers even while the legislature is in session.

Building two east-west rail systems exclusively for freight in South Dakota is lunacy especially over Pierre Shale geology. That same geology forces engineers to rebuild I-90 every year and also makes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline untenable.

This blog spoke to a RCPE executive in 2015. She said that the line between Crawford and Dakota Junction, Nebraska connecting to Rapid City is active and hauling bentonite south to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and to Union Pacific.

She said that although there is virtually no westbound shipping over the line between Wolsey and Rapid City, South Dakota or Colony, Wyoming the State of South Dakota subsidizes enough siding development, money that the state receives from the federal government through the transportation bill, that shipments of one-way freight allow the railroad to cash flow. The state owns the right of way.

She also said that at this time RCPE has no intention to secure leases for new rail bed from Colony to the Powder River Basin coal fields and that the railroad won't transport coal across South Dakota.

When asked she could not say whether the company's parent, Genesee & Wyoming is talking to that state or its residents about leasing the relatively short distance from Colony to its rights on the BNSF Railway main line near Gillette.

RCPE employees voted to join the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) in 2014.

Water crossings where ice floes bash moorings and flooding causes scouring of fill from river bottoms are particularly vulnerable to failures. Yes, overcoming the task of building a bridge at Chamberlain across (under?) the Missouri River and over the Pierre Shale should lead to passenger service being built on the abandoned Milwaukee bed between Sioux Falls and Rapid City including access for rural communities then connect with a future line built to Colorado's rail line.

It's hard to imagine a future without passenger rail of some kind in the I-29 corridor.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mike Rounds could be sandbagging because of Congress sandbagging

A planned US Army Corps of Engineers real-time network of snowpack and precipitation monitors has not been funded by Congress leaving Senator Mike Rounds (earth hater-SD) wondering whether he'll be sandbagging his property again.

Current corps readings are showing the snowpack above Garrison Dam is 135% of average and well above 2011 levels.

Recall the former governor, after having built a house in a swamp that flooded, received a generous self-reimbursement from insurance coverage underwritten by his own company knowing Lake Sharpe is filling with silt.

The corps have planned a sandbar project for the Missouri River above the Garrison Dam despite studies that disprove their effectiveness for the piping plover.
A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications takes advantage of a natural experiment created by the region's 2011 floods, demonstrating that the engineered habitat doesn't provide the benefits of sandbars created by nature.
Read that here.

The main stem dams have all but killed the Missouri River.

kurtz woman will join school gun safety walkout

A kurtz woman will join her Rapid City Central compatriots in a walkout in memory of seventeen people murdered at a Florida school.

She and her older sister are leaving South Dakota for bluer states very soon.
Central High School Senior Rose Lamoureaux says, "The idea originated with the Majory Stoneman Douglas students in Florida after the massacre happened. It was theater students actually who started this. They decided they wanted to be heard. Their voices were going to be heard. It spread really quickly because we feel that our safety is the most important thing because it's a learning environment. This is where we should go to feel safe." Walkouts from classes around the country and in Rapid City are scheduled for March 14th.
Read the rest here.

Some members of Rapid City's law enforcement industry believe more guns in schools is no solution to violence and may exacerbate tensions.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Citing threats to her family from DWC Melissa Mentele is rethinking run for legislature

Pat Powers and the voices in his head at Dakota Wart College are bullying Melissa Mentele into rethinking her run for the South Dakota statehouse.
I would rather help key candidates move into office instead of painting a target on my back for the Republican brown noser and his band of hateful trolls over at DWC to rip to shreds. I will admit I am incredibly protective over my children and when they became a target, I really became disenchanted. When children become a bargaining chip I have to draw the line. Family always come first.
Read the rest here.

Pierre's Republican predator problem was part of the discussion on Bill Janklow's idea of public radio today during the Political Junkies segment, too. Sexual predators in Pierre have been a feature of South Dakota for its entire history but to Sioux Falls-area legislator, Deb Peters it's no big deal.

South Dakota State Senator Stace Nelson doesn't like the obese Brookings blogger very much, either.
What's even worse than this former SOS employee (who resigned in disgrace) attacking conservatives, is that his attack articles against conservative Republicans are paid for by support from the state GOP. [W]hat's worse is that other elected Republicans give him money to fund these attacks by "advertising" on his conservative hate site.
Read it here.

Pervert Powers, who makes a stopped clock look like a well-greased machine, salts his comment section with a seemingly infinite variety of aliases that threaten or jeer his political enemies. He has long been banned from this and other South Dakota related sites because of a constant stream of bigotry, misogyny and other hate speech while Jason Gant has waddled away into obscurity.

That SDGOP condones, encourages and even pays Pat Powers to threaten, malign, bully and libel women while their party standard-bearers preach the protection of women is a measure of hypocrisy that strains human gauges.

I am beyond disgusted with my home state of South Dakota.

Noem voices her support for war criminals, corruption, apartheid

No Middle East leader is more unstable than Bibi Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put on a stellar performance at this week’s annual AIPAC conference. After his AIPAC high, Netanyahu can look forward to falling back into the cesspool of his myriad corruption probes, in which he is fighting for his life.
Read it all here.

It's no secret The Dakota Progressive would like to see Israel rolled back to 1917 borders and its Jewish inhabitants moved to Utah or Nevada.
Call it like it is. And if someone’s feelings are hurt, too bad. We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need it. [America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars]
It's not like Giraldi is wrong.

Recall former South Dakota state senator Dan Lederman, now chairman of the earth hater party in the state, along with fellow Jewish-American Joel Arends teamed up with Islamophobe and whackjob of the nth order, Frank Gaffney, for an event in Sioux Falls.
President Harry Truman failed the United States by recognizing the illegal creation of Israel. Even Donald Trump believes Israel is guilty of war crimes and would use nuclear weapons in the Middle East with Israel as collateral damage.

Pierre is "where freedom goes to die"

Today in red state failure: Republicans spend their time during the South Dakota legislative session enriching themselves with taxpayer money and hiding it from voters.
The Senate agreed Tuesday evening with the House of Representatives that members of the Legislature should receive nearly $4,500 more when lawmakers start their new terms in 2019. Fighting against it was Sen. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton. Employees of state government, providers of Medicaid health care providers and employees of public schools don’t know yet whether they will see any raises this year from the Legislature, he said.
Read more here.
Which brings us back to Pierre, where freedom goes to die. South Dakota is a closed society. There are a multitude of examples in state and local government when your elected representatives or the career bureaucrats in Pierre spend your money without any accountability. Consider that professional contracts with the state – lawyers, engineers – are closed other than the maximum amount approved. The details of what we paid for are not open to the public. That’s your money.
Read that here.
This piece discusses the long slow death of property rights in the state. Do property rights in the current environment of lawmaking and with political leader’s priorities now play second fiddle to the almighty dollar? One bill this 2018 session proposed private animal waste pipelines so that CAFO wastes could be transported by pipeline over other property owner’s property without compensation.
Read the rest here.


Your thoughts?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Report confirms driving in Rapid City's gap sucks

Maneuvering a refrigerated truck through the streets of Rapid City for three years teaches the driver a few things about traffic flow.

7am to 8:30 is bad. Noon is bad. 4:30pm to 6 is bad.

The train obstructs multiple egress opportunities simultaneously, often moving in the same direction as that restaurant that only allows deliveries during an open window closing in two minutes.

On one exasperating morning nearly forty years ago, I shouted out of the cab of the truck, "Omaha Street should be one way from West Boulevard to Mountain View and West Main should be one-way all the way to St. Joe!"

Then, it dawned on me that Mountain View should be one-way to Jackson Boulevard, Jackson Boulevard should be one-way from Mountain View to West Main and Cross Street one way to Omaha St. Left-hand turn lanes appeared to me as if in a vision.

True story.
The report, which is issued annually, examined traffic numbers from 2014 to 2017. It found that four streets in Rapid City had volumes of traffic of more than 30,000 vehicles per day. Those streets are West Main Street from Jackson Boulevard to Cross Street, I-90 from I-190 to Haines Avenue, West Main Street from Cross Street to West Steet and Omaha Street from Fifth Street to East Boulevard.
Read the rest here.

There should be a roundabout at the intersection of Elm and E. St. Pat, too.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Investigations of Russian trolls confirm blogger's Dakota Access, Sanders concerns

The Dakota Progressive and interested party tried to expose Senator Bernie Sanders as a planted spoiler as soon as he entered the presidential race as a Democrat.
A new report from the Republican majority staff on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology claims trolls from Russia exploited the #NoDAPL movement in order to undermine America's energy sector. According to the report, one of the Russian trolls attempted to capitalize on the wide reach of @People4Bernie, an independent group that supported Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont during the run-up to the presidential election in 2016. On its website, People for Bernie said "#NoDAPL" was one of its main causes and Sanders himself was an outspoken opponent of the pipeline. "@People4Bernie: If we can halt the pipeline at @SacredStoneCamp, we can halt it in Iowa too!" one of of the "Russian Tweets" read, according to the committee. The Sacred Stone Camp was the original #NoDAPL encampment -- others also cropped up as thousands flocked to North Dakota in 2016 to oppose the project.
Read the rest here.

And from Vermont Public Radio:
The defendants "engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump."
Read or listen here.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Noem blames kids for school shootings

A luncheon meeting in Vermillion hosted by the University of South Dakota Young Republicans went off the rails and off-script for Rep. Kristi Noem (earth hater-SD) who wanted to talk about her campaign to be a career politician but was overwhelmed by angry constituents abhorred by school gun violence.
A woman in the audience asked Noem, as a gubernatorial candidate, what her plans are for keeping the state’s children safe in the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting and other gun violence that victimizes children. “I would be much more aggressive than we are today in identifying and educating,” Noem said, “starting at the middle school level and high school level, kids that are in crisis...”
Read it all here.

Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls and State Representative Susan Wismer have both called Noem a liar.

Noem is simply pandering to her white base. Just like the Second Amendment is co-opted by Republicans to prop up white privilege by bolstering the law enforcement industry's history of punishing slaves, "pro-life" is simply code for white people breeding.

Blaming kids for school shootings is a little like blaming Planned Parenthood for the National Rifle Association. Just for instance, in 2016 PPACT spent about $1.1 million in lobbying and campaign contributions while the NRA spent nearly $55,000,000. Yet, Noem has instead chosen to target Planned Parenthood.

Noem would do anything she can to keep kids falling through the cracks so she can finance her agenda by tapping the federal teat for more prisons.

She should just quit her doomed campaign, bank her cash and move on to her next gig as a Washington lobbyist or Fox News talking head so she can pay off all of the taxes the government socked her with when her father died.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Bjorkman spox: South Dakota too fragile for legal cannabis

The Dakota Progressive reached out to Tim Bjorkman's campaign for his road map to legal cannabis.

His views on cannabis as therapy differ only slightly from the kurtz template but his opinion of cannabis rights are archaic and completely out of step with the vast majority of Democrats even in South Dakota. Also missing in his spokesperson's response is whether tribal nations trapped in South Dakota should be able to grow and distribute as an economic development opportunity. It does read like if elected as the state’s lone US Representative he’d vote to remove cannabis from Schedule 1 and maybe even for legalization at the federal level.

If he's committed to refusing the support of the National Rifle Association but isn't sensitive to the wishes of voters in both major parties and Libertarians on cannabis that's just another indicator he has no intention to win in South Dakota.


The following statement is in response to your question about Tim's beliefs on marijuana:

Tim views federal oversight of marijuana laws to be over-reach and thinks the states should be free to pass laws as to their use without federal intervention, and allow the laboratory of the states to work as to each state's policy. He views it as a state's rights issue. Tim is not a proponent personally of legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota. He is particularly concerned with the effect of legalization on teen use, which as a judge, he saw harmed many youth, particularly those who appear to self-medicate with it to address mental health issues. As to medicinal marijuana, Tim believes the federal laws prohibiting it and limiting research on its medicinal value are wrong. Many men and women and also many children, war veterans and others appear to receive real help from that drug in medicinal doses and it is heart-wrenching that they are kept from its benefits in a free nation. So he supports medicinal marijuana, in a pill or similar form that doesn't strip it of its medicinal benefits, through a prescription filled in a pharmacy. He opposes prescriptions that simply allow an individual to buy a bag of marijuana or a joint.

Thank you for your correspondence!

Kristin Hayward
Communications Director & Campaign Coordinator
Tim Bjorkman for South Dakota

Friday, March 2, 2018

Rapid City Journal editorial: South Dakota's GOP congressional delegation "get small" on gun safety

The rise of companies like Amazon suggest many people are simply too afraid to go into town to shop.

To perpetuate America's culture of gun violence John Thune has received nearly $50,000 for his silence on gun carnage, Kristi Noem got $5,000 for her service to the murder industry and Mike Rounds got nearly $5,000 for his dotage to the National Reactionary Association according to one study.

South Dakota's earth haters have received far more from the arms dealers to the world. Thune has a lifetime haul of some $226,000, just for example.
In the meantime — to quote the advice Sen. John Thune gave to future potential shooting victims after the Las Vegas concert massacre — too many politicians have decided to “get small” to protect themselves from political fallout that comes with standing up to the gun lobby. Sens. Thune and Rounds and Rep. Noem have laid low during the current gun-safety debate.
Read it here.
It could happen here. It already did. That’s the sentiment Kendall Diehl says she carries with her as she helps organize a walkout for students to protest gun violence in schools in the wake of a Florida shooting last month that left 17 dead. “We’ve joked, during drills, that it could never happen here,” said Diehl, a 15-year-old sophomore at Stevens High School. “But the Florida students probably thought it would never happen there either.”
Read that here.

America has brought this on itself since radical christianity has murdered millions but you know what scares me?

Donald Trump has escalated his war on civilians and someone seeking retaliation could roll a truck bomb into Rapid City Central or Sioux Falls Lincoln High School after an Ellsworth-based drone pilot or some jock from the 114th Fighter Wing targets a wedding party or religious service.

Just say it: radical christianic terrorism.

Despite Chaco oil and gas cancellation Black Hills Energy still raping Four Corners region

The sign for Black Hills Exploration and Production in Bloomfield, New Mexico was head-snapping on the drive to Chaco Wash.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has canceled an oil and gas lease sale near Chaco Canyon in northern New Mexico until the agency can further review the impact on cultural artifacts in the area. The Bureau of Land Management received 120 protests opposing the March sale.
Read it all here.

Even as prices plummet, Rapid City-based Black Hills Energy remains focused on its substantial oil and natural gas holdings in the Mancos Shale within the San Juan and Piceance basins. The firm is bankrolling water diversions, too.

Black Hills Energy and the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission lubricate each other regularly and after priming the election pump, achieved a May orgasm at the hands of Chris Nelson, Chairman Gary Hanson and Kristie Fiegen.

Regulators and market forces in Colorado are driving the Rapid City-based utility from coal-fired electricity generation, too.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Rapid City's water supply is at risk to 1872 Mining Law

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe passed resolutions condemning what they say are abuses of the General Mining Law of 1872 that led to the Custer Expedition's discovery of gold in the Black Hills and to pay Civil War debt.
Resolution 17-2018-CR directly opposes the company’s operations on the Black Hills. It explains the occupation of the Black Hills through unconstitutional acts by the U.S. Congress and notes that the land is managed by the U.S. Forest Service in violation of treaty agreements.
Read it here.

Tribal members have sued to stop a Canadian company from drilling exploratory holes for a mine near a sacred site in the Black Hills.

Moral hazard driving early wildfire season again

Just a hundred and fifty years ago bison would be clearing the grasses driving early wildfire seasons.
In the last week, two wildfires have scorched acreage in Oklahoma and Kansas. Thanks to an unusually wet summer in 2017, plenty of grass grew in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma renewing those scorched acres but also growing an abundance of fuel for wildfires this winter and spring. The wind gusts so common to the High Plains can quickly turn a small fire into a large one.
Read more here.

“The fires have been unprecedented in the state back to back record breaking years, in terms of large fire events,” says Battalion Chief Lane Pearman. “The fuels are changing. They are even changing here in Wichita and within Sedgwick County.”
Read that here.

John Thune (earth hater-SD) has rolled out his farm bill template for moral hazard and socialized agriculture while South Dakota's lone US House member and her fellow earth haters support it. Moral hazard is the flip side of self-reliance and the livestock industry knows emergency declarations will provide bailouts instead of burning off dry grasses minimizing losses.

Domestic livestock have contributed to catastrophic wildfire conditions and Republican welfare ranchers are the real ecoterrorists who hate subsidies unless they benefit from them.

Not talking about fuel treatments during a wildfire is the same thing as not talking about gun safety during a mass shooting.

The Wolf fire in southwest South Dakota was the largest blaze to occur during the month of March since the year 2000.

Had Sen. Tim Johnson been successful in passing S. 3310 as a part of the doomed Omnibus Wilderness Bill the land burned by the Cottonwood and Wolf fires would have been placed within the stewardship of Badlands National Park and much, if not all, of the federal land scorched by the Cottonwood Fire would have been burned off prescriptively in increments instead of being managed by some careless rancher or passing motorist.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Drought could make non-meandered waters fix moot

Nearly every moving stream, intermittent or not in South Dakota, has supported a pre-settlement Amerindian or European explorer pulling and propelling a canoe over it.

Even before Statehood the US Army Corps of Engineers have had purview over water that flows into bodies that can support navigation. In South Dakota, once it leaves its source, all surface water that flows from or through private property is owned by the state.

Property owners can harvest and possess rainwater and with a permit can pump from aquifers; but, the moment runoff reaches another body of water outside that boundary, contaminated by whatever residue it encounters along the way, within state borders, it's the property of the State of South Dakota.

Unfortunately, in South Dakota, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is governed by those same offenders and therefore effectively neutered.

Rapid City environmental lawyer David Ganje does work for the South Dakota Farmers Union. He believes the legislature's non-meandered waters fix is deeply flawed.
The summer committee of the Legislature voted approval of a nonmeandered waters bill June 2. The bill includes several workable and good provisions. Still, the committee opted for a bill that is unfinished, even for the limited, immediate issues the bill seeks to remedy. This use of public waters cannot be bought or leased by the state. If the purpose of the bill is to buy or lease property rights from private landowners, the bill does not achieve this purpose. [David Ganje]
This legislation is simply an extension of the watershed buffer bill that has no teeth either.

Longtime Democratic politico, Nick Nemec said, "the simplest and easiest solution is to forgive all property taxes on submerged land and open it to recreation. Possibly include 50-100 foot setbacks from shore and expanded no wake zones as an answer to some of the complaints of landowners."

Largely created by tiling East River lakes are mostly eutrophic shit holes filled with toxic algae and unable to even support fish populations: why they're not tapped for irrigation instead of pumping fossil water from depleted aquifers remains a mystery.

Ranchers and farmers who pump aquifers to water hay crops are running out of hay again after giving it to other ag welfare recipients last Spring.

That's not self-reliance; it's moral hazard. Moral hazard is the flip side of self-reliance and the livestock industry knows emergency declarations will provide bailouts for those who chose risk instead of burning off dry grasses minimizing losses. Domestic livestock have contributed to catastrophic wildfire conditions and Republican welfare ranchers are the real ecoterrorists who hate subsidies unless they benefit from them.

Despite greater than average mountain runoff into the Missouri River permanent disaster area South Dakota is banking on drought to coax relief from the Trump Organization even as the Prairie Pothole Region suffers from the ravages of industrial agriculture.

Little wonder the federal government wants ag welfare and crop insurance reform.

A teevee meteorologist based in Rapid City has compiled a three-part series on South Dakota's current drought cycle affirming the writings of this blogger. Andrew Shipotofsky's series is archived here.

The South Dakota Senate approved lifting the sunset date from non-meandered water laws 20-15.

Warming weather and dry conditions will raise the grassland fire danger West River later this week.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Daugaard could drive more women out of state for medical care

Earth hater Tim Begalka is grousing at Betty Olson's Facebook page that if earth haters keep pressuring bimbo Lynne DiSanto into leaving South Dakota's extremist legislature Governor Denny Daugaard will appoint a RINO to replace her.

Begalka's ilk would no doubt boo Daugaard if Denny vetos Senate Bill 110 that asserts physicians at Sioux Falls' Planned Parenthood clinic violated informed consent laws.
In a statement Monday, Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota said the bill unfairly implied the Sioux Falls clinic was in violation of state law. Reports from the Department of Health show the clinic has complied with state law.
Read that here.

If Daugaard signs the bill into law he is risking another boycott that could cripple South Dakota's fragile economy even more.

Pro-life is simply code for white people breeding.

Even the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says evidence suggests there is no foetal pain until the third trimester begins at 27 weeks.

South Dakota State Representative Susan Wismer has signed on to the newly-created Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council just launched by the State Innovation Exchange.
The council’s objective is to put reproductive rights at the forefront of progressives’ — and the country’s — agenda. SiX categorically decries progressives who claim reproductive rights aren’t a necessary component to membership in the Democratic party. “Reproductive freedom is a central and necessary component of an inclusive progressive agenda,” reads the new council’s platform.
Read it all here.

Industrial chemicals from Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta abort foetuses all the time but few will hold their feet to the fire about it. Contact with the Big Sioux River as it flows outside Brookings can cause spontaneous abortions.

South Dakota Republicans love the foetus but hate actual non-white, non-christian children discarding them as collateral damage in the so-called War on Terror being prosecuted by South Dakota’s outposts for the military/industrial complex.

Rich women have full reproductive freedom while women at middle and lower income levels experience chilling effects on their rights. Women in South Dakota who can afford it simply jump on a plane and fly to Santa Fe, Minneapolis or Denver for their procedures. Imagine a woman on the Standing Rock or Pine Ridge doing that. South Dakota’s repeated attempts to restrict access to medical care are not only mean-spirited, they're discriminatory anti-choice extremism.

But, applaud the nutball Republican efforts diverting attention from the party’s culture of corruption where murders and their covers up are commonplace by clogging the legislative session with christianic religionist argle-bargle.

Murder, Inc.: South Dakota's earth haters get loads of cash from the death industry

To perpetuate America's culture of gun violence John Thune has received nearly $50,000 for his silence on gun carnage, Kristi Noem got $5,000 for her service to the murder industry and Mike Rounds got nearly $5,000 for his dotage to the National Reactionary Association according to one study.

South Dakota's earth haters have received far more from the arms dealers to the world. Thune has a lifetime haul of some $226,000, just for example.

America has brought this on itself since radical christianity has murdered millions but you know what scares me?

Donald Trump has escalated his war on civilians and someone seeking retaliation could roll a truck bomb into Rapid City Central or Sioux Falls Lincoln High School after an Ellsworth-based drone pilot or some jock from the 114th Fighter Wing targets a wedding party or religious service.

Just say it: radical christianic terrorism.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Hopelessless is epidemic in South Dakota

Which parts of six month winters, rampant racism, chilling effects on civil rights and an extremist legislature escape you people?
Dr. Steve Manlove, a former Custer resident and practicing psychiatrist for 31 years, agrees that depression plays a big role in suicide, saying suicide attempts are almost always connected to depression and feelings of hopelessness.
Read more here.

A study recently published in the Journal of Rural Health found the suicide rate for farmers is not only the highest of any occupation in America, it's spiking because of a lack of ready access to mental health care services.

Still another study just concluded cannabis is an effective antidepressant therapy for some patients while keeping it illegal creates paranoia, anxiety and stigmatization. Cannabis is an effective treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Even the South Dakota State Medical Association contends that although "marijuana and dronabinol decreased pain" the fact that it is illegal makes it less effective as a therapy.
Although there are different schools of thought concerning the efficacy of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions and concerning whether its possession and use ought to be decriminalized altogether, the fact remains that it is a violation of federal law and South Dakota law to possess or distribute it for any purpose.
Read that here.

South Dakota is among the worst states for opioid abuse.

Meth use is a symptom of South Dakota's statewide hopelessness as the state's residents stare down another punishing, relentless, and unforgiving winter.

Democrat files for seat held by Box Elder bimbo

Bo Sistak has no chance to win in District 35 but he has filed to run for the seat Lynne DiSanto, a bimbo living in Box Elder, currently holds.

While she is representative of Republicans throughout West River the South Dakota Republican Party won't tolerate losing the seat to a Democrat. She has been whining about Pierre's predator culture.
The truth is Pierre is a male dominated environment, but I'm comfortable there holding my own. I'm not weak or a snowflake. I've engaged in hundreds of debates and heated battles with men and women. That is part of the job, and I'm equipped to battle anyone that way.
Read that here.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Deutsch will fleece District 4 again

Look at the guy: he's icky catholic creepy evil in the flesh.

Quack earth hater Fred Deutsch is praying over his decision to fleece his district and the South Dakota Legislature again.
“If the voters return me to Pierre, I will promote transparency and civility in government, and will always listen to the people. It was an honor to serve the people of District 4 and the state of South Dakota, and it would be my great honor to serve them again for the next two years.”
Yeah right, Fred.

White guy Deutsch has been raising campaign cash gallivanting around South Dakota with a crusade calling Death with Dignity "Don't Eat Grandma" or something but won't spend a dime for mental health. Fred is a sectarian who attends anti-civil rights conferences featuring the Duck Dynasty philosophers.

You see this all the time with Talibangelicals: someone threatens to out one as a serial molester, he runs an op-ed in the paper then diverts some of the cash he raises from sermonizing wedge issues to shut up the people he's raped or groped.

Think of it as the Bill Cosby Effect: the more sanctimonious the speech the more cash gets raised to hide career criminal behavior.

It does make one wonder if all the chiropractors in South Dakota's earth hater-glutted lawgiving body are intellectually incompetent, thugs or just fucking nuts. Fred Deutsch and Jeff Monroe want to end women's civil rights, Scott Munsterman groped at least one teen and Allen Unruh wants to rewrite history by leaving Native genocide and human-caused climate change out of school curricula. These are "pro-life" people who rabidly embrace state-sponsored killing of persons convicted of capital crimes.

Anyone who believes Fred has never groped a teen of any gender is delusional.